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Dexter Perkins Professor in History; Directory of Graduate Studies; Interim Director, Humanities Center
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering
Department of History
Areas of expertise: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American cultural and intellectual history; the history of the book.
The Ordinary Reader New York Times Sunday Book Review (June 24, 2007)
In the News
The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Long Reach of David Brion Davis
February 03, 2014
Shift in education priorities could topple poem 'Trees'
May 06, 2013
New York Sun
The Old World of American Readers
July 12, 2007
New York Times
The Ordinary Reader: Sunday Book Review
June 24, 2007
University Professor Holds Poetry Symposium
June 11, 2003
Joan Shelley Rubin focuses broadly on the values, assumptions, and anxieties that have shaped American life, as reflected in both high culture and the experiences of ordinary people. She most recently published Songs of Ourselves: The Uses of Poetry in America(Harvard University Press), which explores how readers made meaning in the past and how they encountered literature as lived experience. She is currently co-editing a volume for a collaborative History of the Book in America which covers the book since 1945, including the impact of electronic media. She previously published The Making of Middlebrow Culture, a study of the literary scene in the interwar period. Her first book was about American writer and critic Constance Rourke.